Whitmill v Warner Bros. and the Visibility of Cultural Appropriation Claims in Copyright Law

Marie Hadley, 'Whitmill v Warner Bros. and the Visibility of Cultural Appropriation Claims in Copyright Law' (2020) 42(4) European Intellectual Property Review, 42(4) pp 223-229

12 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2021

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Marie Hadley

Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia

Date Written: December 26, 2019

Abstract

The Māori-inspired tattoo at the heart of the copyright infringement case of Whitmill v Warner Bros. has attracted allegations of cultural appropriation in Aotearoa/New Zealand. An examination of the Māori cultural appropriation claim that surrounds the tattoo and its invisibility throughout the Whitmill v Warner Bros. legal proceedings, shows how the legal system does not receive Indigenous cultural claims over the cultural imagery and arts styles that inspires outsider imagery as an intellectual property interest.

Keywords: cultural appropriation, Mike Tyson tattoo, copyright, Whitmill v Warner Bros, moko

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Hadley, Marie, Whitmill v Warner Bros. and the Visibility of Cultural Appropriation Claims in Copyright Law (December 26, 2019). Marie Hadley, 'Whitmill v Warner Bros. and the Visibility of Cultural Appropriation Claims in Copyright Law' (2020) 42(4) European Intellectual Property Review, 42(4) pp 223-229, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3812828

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